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The Best Los Angeles Events in February 2018

A list of  all the best Los Angeles events and things to do our great city has to offer in February from live readings, music performances, Chinese New Year festivals, art shows, anti-Valentines Day events, and food. Lots of food. Enjoy!

Whiskey Dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT
Beverly Hills
Saturday, February 2
Sip Original 10-year single malt, Quinta Ruban, the Grand Vintage 26-year single malt and more, while feasting on CUT cuisine such as duck confit with cocoa nibs and tangerine; dry-aged angus with broccolini; and aged Scottish cheddar with charred spring onions. $150 per person.

Museum of Failure at A+D Museum
Downtown
Until February 4
The Museum of Failure will treat its visitors to a shrine of history’s epic fails by some of the world’s best known companies. First displayed in Sweden, the collection of 100 plus failures was originally conceived by psychologist and innovation researcher, Dr. Samuel West, as part of his research on corporate success and innovation. The marketing catastrophe that was Bic for Her? Yup. The two-wheeled, self-balancing transport innovation, Segway? You better believe it. These, along with artifacts spanning from the 17th century right up to the present day, including the frozen beef lasagna by Colgate, demonstrate the types of failures the museum will showcase. Other highlights include the hula chair (just envision it), the Apple Newton, and even President Donald Trump’s version of Monopoly from 1989 made the cut. With surprise Instagram moments all around, the museum is a family affair with failures for everyone from nine to 90.

Pop-Up Magazine at The Theatre at Ace Hotel
Downtown
Monday, February 5
Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us. Each issue is different from the last, with photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a big cast of talented people. Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning documentary filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers.Check the current list of contributors to the Winter Issue here.

Disco Dining Club’s 3 Year Anniversary Gala
La Brea
Saturday, February 10
On February 10th, Disco Dining Club celebrates 3 years of dinner table debauchery. A pre-Valentine’s Day anniversary gala exploring the infamous love affairs of Versailles. “Rarely, though, does a party intersect with our interests when considering the food on offer – no one really gets a good dance party with great food. LA’s Disco Dining Club, however, is doing just that. ” Mouthfeel Magazine

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ at The Broad
Downtown
Saturday, February 10 2018 – Sunday, May 13 2018
On view February 10 – May 13, 2018, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ , a collaboration with the Royal Academy in London, will feature more than 120 of Jasper Johns’ most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist’s six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns’ materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns’ use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist’s engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns’ artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.
Clean Slate: A Pre-Valentine’s Party at Viceroy
Santa Monica
Saturday, February 10
No Valentine? No problem! It’s a new year, and we’ve all got a clean slate. For the 2nd year in a row, let the Three Day Rule matchmakers be your personal cupid as we take over Viceroy Santa Monica for a massive pre-Valentine’s bash, complete with 350+ guests, a DJ, photobooth, VR booth, and more. Want to really wipe your slate clean? Bring a photograph of your ex and upon entering, throw it into the Burning Cauldron of Love!

Luzia at Dodger Stadium
Echo Park
Until Sunday, February 11
LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul. With a surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity.

Rose Bowl Flea Market
Pasadena
Sunday, February 11
The 2nd Sunday of every Month – All admission tickets are purchased at the box office only  regular admission starts at 9am for the general public at $9.00 per person, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. We also have an express admission from 8:00am – 9:00am at $12.00 per person, an early admission from 7:00am – 8:00am at $15.00 per person, and a special preview VIP admission from 5:00am – 7:00am at $20.00 per person. Sorry we do not accept credit cards for admission. All vendors are not all moved in and set up until 9am. The box office is open until 3pm after which time sellers begin packing and leaving. The public may shop for those last minute bargains until 4:30pm.

Chinese New Year in Beverly Hills at Sabaan Theatre
Beverly Hills
Sunday, February 11
Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau (BHCVB), in partnership with China International Culture Association (CICA) and Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Associations for Cultural Exchanges, with the support of the Chinese Consulate of Los Angeles, will host its seventh annual Chinese New Year celebration at the Saban Theatre on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. The special event will feature the “Charming Jing-Jin-Ji” variety show with live acrobatics, musical performances and more.

The Moth StorySLAM at Busby’s East
Miracle Mile
Wednesday, February 14
LOVE HURTS: Prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love! The misery of good love, gone bad! The anguish of one-way love! Bring stories of your heart, kicked to the curb by the people or places or things you love…or used to love. Love that “Hurts So Good” also welcome. *Tickets for this event are available one week before the show, at 12pm PT / 3pm ET.

Valentine 69 at Melody
East Hollywood
Wednesday, February 14
Easing the pain of a Hallmark “romantic” dinner with an alternative…Crush a bottle with a dozen oysters for $69. Choose a bubble, white, rose or red to accompany your dozen, moving you one step closer to the backseat. Special 69er wine list for more pleasure. Full dinner, drinks and wine menus available. Songs of love, lust & longing transmitted by DJ Vyra & The Internationalist. Reservations encouraged: info@melodyla.com

S.A.D. DTLA Bar Crawl
Downtown
Wednesday, February 14
You’re invited to the 2018 SAD (Singles Appreciation Day) DTLA Bar Crawl! Come drown your sorrows at not one, but four DTLA bars! $5 shot and beer specials at Spring St Bar, Beelman’s, Sixth St Tavern, and Library Bar! No tickets needed.

Valentine’s Day Village of Love Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert
Westlake
Wednesday, February 14
Panache’s Valentine’s Day VILLAGE OF LOVE Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles Benefit Concert Special performances by these artists performing their favorite love songs and cover songs.

Anti-Valentine’s Party at Birds
Hollywood
Wednesday, February 14
Birds on Franklin hosts its annual Anti-Valentine’s party, complete with voodoo dolls, piñata “aggression-release therapy,” all the best heartache music and prizes for the worst “got dumped” stories.

Candide at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Downtown
Saturday, February 3 2018 – Sunday, February 18 2018
In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, La Opera present the exuberant Candide, the round-the-world thrill ride and musical theatre great that follows the ups and downs and further downs of the eternally optimistic titular character. Frasier and Broadway star Kelsey Grammer stars as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss.

Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
Chinatown
Saturday, February 17
In celebrating over one hundred years of tradition, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles presents the 119th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. With over thousands and thousands of individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebrating along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

Tavi Gevinson presents ‘Rookie on Love’ at Skylight
Los Feliz
Sunday, February 18
Tavi Gevinson returns to start the New Year off right with Rookie on Love, an anthology about the heart’s most powerful emotion. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, and many more, this collection is the perfect reflection on love in its many forms.

Flavors—The Urban Chuck Wagon—at the Autry Museum
Griffith Park
Friday, February 23
Whet your appetite as you enjoy cuisine inspired by the grand tradition of the chuck wagon! In fact, the first Los Angeles food trucks were inspired by the chuck wagons of the open range and appeared as horse-drawn wagons as early as the 1880s. Operated mostly by immigrants, these multicultural dining experiences introduced the city to many of our beloved dishes. Before this, the first chuck wagon was created in 1866 when a Texas cattleman bolted a cupboard onto the back of an army wagon. On the trail, these rolling kitchens fed the cowboys at the cattle company’s expense, about four cents per head. A good cook could transform cheap ingredients into something worth eating, and cowboy cooks gained their reputations based on their level of culinary skill. Tickets include plates from multiple food stations, access to the galleries and garden, and presentations by chefs and food history experts.

Bob Baker Day
Westlake
Saturday, February 24
Join the fun at Bob Baker Marionette Theatre just outside of downtown – all day! for their fourth annual Bob Baker Day! In celebration of Bob’s Birthday – the joy of the theater spills out onto first street for a full-on carnival! With music, arts and crafts booths, vendors, all sorts of live entertainment! And of course – Puppets!

Stories of Almost Everyone at The Hammer
Westwood
Until Sunday, May 6 2018
Stories of Almost Everyone is an exhibition about the willingness to believe the stories that are conveyed by works of contemporary art. In recent years, a continued emphasis on an art of ideas—inherited from the legacies of conceptual and post-conceptual artistic practice—has sought to further develop strategies in the service of communicating social, political, and economic histories. To varying degrees, there has been a renewed faith in the abilities of artworks to convey meaning and facilitate supposedly authentic experiences, while artists have simultaneously retained tendencies rooted in mysticism, fiction, and the arts of deception. Through the work of 30 artists, this very meta exhibition examines the relationship between a piece of art’s inherent narrative and the meaning suggested by its display within an institution.

Enjoy!

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